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Uruguayan Beef Stew
with Vegetables and Fruit
Carbonada Uruguaya


Serves 6

"Carbonadas are for Uruguayans what paellas are for Spaniards," says cookbook author Maria Rosa Garcia de Hermala. This Uruguayan specialty was probably created by the Basques, who had a penchant for using fruit in savory dishes, a tradition left in Spain by the Arab occupation. It is usually rooked in a cazuela de barro (earthenware crock) and served in the shell of a calabaza (winter squash). Uruguayans use a mature veal that looks more like beef. This specialty is also popular in Argentina, with slight variations.

1. In a heavy 6-quart casserole or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions, green pepper, and garlic and cook, stirring a few times, until the onions are transparent, about 5 minutes. Add the meat, bay leaf, oregano, thyme, black pepper, and salt and cook, stirring a few imes, for about 5 minutes. Put the tomatoes and their juices in a blender and process until coarsely chopped. Add to the casserole along with the beef broth. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until the meat is tender, about 1 hour.

2. Remove the bay leaf. Add the corn, squash, potatoes, and sweet potato and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Add the pears and peaches. If the juices in the pan have dried up, add more beef broth; there should be plenty of sauce to cover the meat and vegetables. Heat the fruit through and taste for salt and black pepper. Serve hot, sprinkled with the Parmesan.

To Serve Uruguayans serve carbonadas with rice.


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